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3 Effective Research-Based Bullying Intervention Programs

3 Effective Research-Based Bullying Intervention Programs

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In my elementary and middle school years, I was a target for bullying and endured severe bullying from 5th through 9th grade. My confidence was not strong, my family was different from the average kid’s family in my school district, and I dressed a lot differently than the other girls in my school, due toContinue Reading

5 Great Books to Teach Young Children About Empathy

5 Great Books to Teach Young Children About Empathy

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As a behavior specialist and mobile therapist, I always loved using books to teach kids about a variety of social-emotional skills such as how to understand your feelings, how to be a friend, how to accept differences, how to develop empathy, how to solve a problem, how to be a good citizen, etc. Research alsoContinue Reading

5 Great Activities to Do with Your Social Skills Group (Adolescents/Teens)

5 Great Activities to Do with Your Social Skills Group (Adolescents/Teens)

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Working in the public school system for many years, I often heard guidance counselors asking for advice about the kinds of activities they should do with their adolescent social skills groups. Students in the groups often had difficulty with skills such as listening, waiting their turn in conversation, staying on topic, sharing materials, understanding anotherContinue Reading

How to Prevent Temper Tantrums (Home & School)

How to Prevent Temper Tantrums (Home & School)

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The contents of this article are based on my graduate school training as a school psychologist and behavior specialist, research studies on behavior, and 20 years of experience working with children with a variety of challenging behaviors. You will find links to more information within the article.  This is Part 1 of a series. Part 2Continue Reading

Strategies for Schools to Help Children with Separation Anxiety

Strategies for Schools to Help Children with Separation Anxiety

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This article is a follow up from our first article: Strategies for Parents to Help Their Child with Separation Anxiety. This intro is the same, but as you go further down the article, you will see strategies for schools to use to Help children with separation anxiety. What is Separation Anxiety Disorder? According the American Psychiatric Association,Continue Reading

Strategies for Parents to Help Their Child with Separation Anxiety

Strategies for Parents to Help Their Child with Separation Anxiety

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What is Separation Anxiety Disorder? According the the American Psychiatric Association, a person with separation anxiety disorder is excessively fearful or anxious about separation from those with whom he or she is attached. The feeling is beyond what is appropriate for the person’s age, persists (at least four weeks in children and six months inContinue Reading

Evidence Suggests That the Coping Cat Program Reduces Anxiety in Children and Teens

Evidence Suggests That the Coping Cat Program Reduces Anxiety in Children and Teens

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What is the Coping Cat Program? The Coping Cat Program, created by Philip C. Kendall, Ph.D., ABPP and Kristina A. Hedtke, M.A. is a research-based cognitive-behavioral therapy intervention (cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on exploring relationships among a person’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors in order to help them feel better/cope better) that helps children recognize andContinue Reading

How to Talk to Kids to Improve Behavior

How to Talk to Kids to Improve Behavior

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I can tell you from over 19 years of experience, that being calm, encouraging, positive, patient, and consistent far outweighs yelling, punishment, and threats in any situation with any child, regardless of what you believe has or hasn’t worked in the past. Research and experience show that positive parenting/teaching strategies win every time and why isContinue Reading

A Message for All Kids

A Message for All Kids

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• You are more than just a kid. You are special for being alive. You are light and hope. You are priceless and worth more than you could ever imagine! • What other people say doesn’t change who you are. • You are at your best when you love and believe in yourself. • WhenContinue Reading

Roots of Empathy: A Research-Based Program that Counters Bullying

Roots of Empathy: A Research-Based Program that Counters Bullying

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  What is Roots of Empathy? Roots of Empathy is a research-based program with a long-term goal to create a society of adults who are responsible/well-mannered citizens that use positive parenting methods. The overall short-term goal of the program focuses on raising levels of empathy, resulting in more respectful and caring relationships and reduced levels ofContinue Reading